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Royal Geographical Society

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    The Fourth Everest Expedition

    Percy Wyn-Harris (1933)

    Record of the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition, that was, after the reconnaissance expedition of 1921, and the 1922 and 1924 expeditions, the fourth British expedition to Mount Everest and the third with the intention of making the first ascent. The expedition was unsuccessful, although in two separate attempts Lawrence Wager and Percy Wyn-Harris, and then F. S. Smythe, set an altitude record for climbing without supplemental oxygen that was not broken until Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler reached the summit in 1978.

    UK / 76 min

    The Fourth Everest Expedition

    Percy Wyn-Harris

    • 1933
    • UK
    • 76 min
    Record of the 1933 British Mount Everest expedition, that was, after the reconnaissance expedition of 1921, and the 1922 and 1924 expeditions, the fourth British expedition to Mount Everest and the third with the intention of making the first ascent. The expedition was unsuccessful, although in two separate attempts Lawrence Wager and Percy Wyn-Harris, and then F. S. Smythe, set an altitude record for climbing without supplemental oxygen that was not broken until Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler reached the summit in 1978.

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    The epic of Everest Vod

    The epic of Everest

    John Noel (1924)

    The official film record of the legendary Everest British expedition of 1924. The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. Noel reached the North Col and used a specially adapted camera to film the ascent of the peak. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet.

    UK / 87 min

    The epic of Everest

    John Noel

    • 1924
    • UK
    • 87 min
    The official film record of the legendary Everest British expedition of 1924. The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. Noel reached the North Col and used a specially adapted camera to film the ascent of the peak. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    The conquest of Everest

    George Lowe (1953)

    Story of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The documentary details from the history of Mount Everest and earlier climbing expeditions to preparations (including oxygen and equipment testing at Farnborough) and description of the route. Includes voice commentary from John Hunt, Charles Wylie and Edmund Hillary. Camps, acclimatization and assault parties. Ends with a triumphant Hillary and Tenzing arriving back at Camp IV, and being congratulated by the team. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

    UK / 78 min

    The conquest of Everest

    George Lowe, Thomas Stobart

    • 1953
    • UK
    • 78 min
    Story of the first successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. The documentary details from the history of Mount Everest and earlier climbing expeditions to preparations (including oxygen and equipment testing at Farnborough) and description of the route. Includes voice commentary from John Hunt, Charles Wylie and Edmund Hillary. Camps, acclimatization and assault parties. Ends with a triumphant Hillary and Tenzing arriving back at Camp IV, and being congratulated by the team. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest 1936 - Ruttledge

    Peter Oliver (1936)

    Record of the 1936 British Mout Everest Expedition led by Hugh Ruttledge. Although the North Col was reached, a combination of high winds, storms and waist-deep snow made progress above 7,000m difficult and, with the monsoon arriving early, Ruttledge called off the expedition. Members of the expedition were mountaineers Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Percy Wyn-Harris, Edwin Kempson, Dr. Charles Warren, Edmund Wigram, Peter Oliver and James Gavin. The party also included Tenzing Norgay. This was a very well-equipped expedition, which included oxygen and radio equipment.

    UK / 21 min

    Everest 1936 - Ruttledge

    Peter Oliver

    • 1936
    • UK
    • 21 min
    Record of the 1936 British Mout Everest Expedition led by Hugh Ruttledge. Although the North Col was reached, a combination of high winds, storms and waist-deep snow made progress above 7,000m difficult and, with the monsoon arriving early, Ruttledge called off the expedition. Members of the expedition were mountaineers Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Percy Wyn-Harris, Edwin Kempson, Dr. Charles Warren, Edmund Wigram, Peter Oliver and James Gavin. The party also included Tenzing Norgay. This was a very well-equipped expedition, which included oxygen and radio equipment.

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  • Documentary / Expedition Journal

    Everest 1933

    Everest 1933

    Stuart Keen (1950s)

    The original record of the 1933 Everest expedition, re-edited and commentated by the leader, Hugh Ruttledge. The approach through Darjeeling and Tibet, ascent of the East Rongbuk Glacier and the camps on Everest itself are shown; individual highlights include F. S. Smythe cutting steps in a nearly-vertical ice wall and many impressive views of the summit as seen from the North Col. Stages in the journey are shown by animated relief maps. Although the photography shows sighs of the arduous conditions under which the cameras had to be used, this is recommended to any audience with an interest in mountains. Mr. Ruttledge's commentary adds much to the value of the film as a historical document.

    UK / 50 min

    Everest 1933

    Stuart Keen, John Earle

    • 1950s
    • UK
    • 50 min
    The original record of the 1933 Everest expedition, re-edited and commentated by the leader, Hugh Ruttledge. The approach through Darjeeling and Tibet, ascent of the East Rongbuk Glacier and the camps on Everest itself are shown; individual highlights include F. S. Smythe cutting steps in a nearly-vertical ice wall and many impressive views of the summit as seen from the North Col. Stages in the journey are shown by animated relief maps. Although the photography shows sighs of the arduous conditions under which the cameras had to be used, this is recommended to any audience with an interest in mountains. Mr. Ruttledge's commentary adds much to the value of the film as a historical document.

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    Climbing Mt. Everest

    John Noel (1922)

    A record of the second British Everest expedition showing the journey from Darjeeling to Tibet, activities of the Tibetans, and the climb itself. The main aim of the 1922 expedition was to make the first ascent of Mount Everest. There are two attempts in May via the North Ridge. The first by Mallory, Morshead, Norton and Somervell is without oxygen and reaches 26,985ft. The second by Geoffrey Bruce and Finch reaches 27,300ft and sets a new altitude record. Captain Noel toured the world with this film, and whereever he went the picture was received enthusiastically. It was the first film of an Everest expedition, and the earliest documentary filmed in Tibet.

    UK / 83 min

    Climbing Mt. Everest

    John Noel

    • 1922
    • UK
    • 83 min
    A record of the second British Everest expedition showing the journey from Darjeeling to Tibet, activities of the Tibetans, and the climb itself. The main aim of the 1922 expedition was to make the first ascent of Mount Everest. There are two attempts in May via the North Ridge. The first by Mallory, Morshead, Norton and Somervell is without oxygen and reaches 26,985ft. The second by Geoffrey Bruce and Finch reaches 27,300ft and sets a new altitude record. Captain Noel toured the world with this film, and whereever he went the picture was received enthusiastically. It was the first film of an Everest expedition, and the earliest documentary filmed in Tibet.

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